Indians bounce back with win over Selinsgrove
COAL TOWNSHIP - If Shamokin qualifies for the District 4 playoffs, and it should, the Indians will look back at Tuesday's win over Selinsgrove as an important win.
Shamokin, coming off a 14-point loss to Danville Monday, took an early lead against the Seals and never looked back on the way to a 43-27 Heartland Conference Division I victory.
The Indians need three more wins to qualify with eight games remaining, four of which are against teams Shamokin has beaten once through the first round of Heartland Conference games.
So call Tuesday a building block for Shamokin's run to the playoffs, or so the Indians hope.
"It was a good win and we needed a win," Shamokin head coach Bill Callahan said. "Overall, we have eight wins and we're still tied for first place and we go to Shikellamy Friday."
Shamokin beat Shikellamy 37-33 the first time the teams met.
The first meeting between the Indians and Seals was also a close game. Tuesday was not close.
The Indians made twice as many field goals as the Seals and started with three buckets by Olivia Bonshock, who led the team with 17 points, as Shamokin built an 8-3 lead after the first quarter.
Shamokin continued moving the ball around the perimeter until it found an opening and exploited it on the way to building a 16-6 lead midway through the second.
But the Indians had trouble containing Laura Long on the inside. Long scored 15 of the Seals' 27 points and had seven rebounds.
The Indians made up for it with hustle and scored on three straight possessions to close the half up 21-10. The first of those scores came when Kelsey Yacko poked the ball away from Selinsgrove, chased it down before it went out of bounds and was eventually recovered by Sami Schiccatano; the series ended in a Kelsey Forbes layup.
Then the last points of the quarter came when Catie Pancher corralled an offensive rebound with time remaining, set her feet and sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"I thought we did a lot of good things tonight," Callahan said. "I thought Catie Pancher had some big points and Shaylee (Pesarchick) played very well for us.
"We made some great passes and did some good things, but we just couldn't finish those one-foot shots."
The bad for the Indians was squarely centered on shooting percentage. Shamokin shot 15-of-38 from the floor and 10-for-24 from the foul line, neither sat well with Callahan.
"We have a lot of things to improve on. I thought we played decent, but we missed too many layups and free throws," Callahan said.
"We still hung on and that's what matters."
SELINSGROVE (27) - Herman 0 0-0 0, Bausinger 0 0-0 0, Long 6 3-6 15, Kerstetter 0 4-6 4, Cragi-Sovic 0 4-6 4, Krebs 0 2-4 2, Vanbuskirk 0 0-0 0, Brehery 0 0-0 0, Kantz 0 0-0 0, Giest 0 0-0 0, Wolfe 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 13-22 27.
SHAMOKIN (43) - Schiccatano 1 0-4 3, Erb 0 0-0 0, Forbes 3 2-6 8, Pancher 2 0-0 5, Bonshock 6 5-10 17, Yacko 1 0-0 2, Pesarchick 1 3-4 5, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Tobias 0 0-0 0, Koons 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 10-24 43.
3-point FGs: Schiccatano, Pancher, Koons.